Mar 14, 2013

Nightclubbing with Richard Hell at CBGB in 1979

Hell & the Voidoids at CBGB, by Eugene Merinov

You can't throw a rock this week without hitting a Richard Hell story. This week's edition of Nightclubbing steps back to the late 70's, and features an amazing performance of "Love Comes In Spurts," by the Voidoids, at CBGB in 1979.

You can’t talk about punk rock without talking about Richard Hell. Television, the band he founded in 1973 with then best friend Tom Verlaine, was one of the groups – along with Blondie and the Ramones – that laid the foundation for the downtown scene at CBGBs. Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren purportedly looked at a poster of Television in 1974, pointed at Richard and said, “I want to start a band that looks like him.” Continued here.

Be sure to check out Hell's new memoir, I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp, available now!

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